April 14, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State softball fell to No. 12 Michigan in a doubleheader on Sunday at Secchia Stadium. The Spartans were defeated in game one, 11-2, and suffered a heartbreaker loss in game two, 8-7, in extra innings.
In game one, the Wolverines (35-7, 12-0) put the first run on the scoreboard in the top of the first. The Spartans (21-17, 7-4) matched the run in the bottom of the first to tie the score, 1-1. After two outs, senior Kylene Hopkins got on base with a single to third base and advanced to second on a passed ball. Senior Jayme O'Bryant sent Hopkins across the plate with a single up the middle.
Both teams were scoreless in the second and third innings, keeping the score at 1-1.
In the top of the fourth inning the Wolverines scored one run off of a double. The Spartans came back to tie the score with a double by redshirt sophomore Stephanie Sanders for one RBI as Bowling crossed the plate.
Michigan took the lead in the top of the fifth inning with six runs and earned another three in the sixth to take the win, 11-2.
Freshman Dani Goranson was on the mound for the Spartans for the complete game giving up 11 runs, all earned. Goranson (3-7) struck out five Michigan batters.
Haylie Wagner took the win and improved her record to 13-1 on the season.
In the second matchup, junior Kelly Smith (16-9) was in the circle and allowed eight runs, seven earned. Smith saw 13 hits by the Wolverines and tallied six strikeouts. Notching RBIs for the Spartans were sophomore Alyssa McBride (1), sophomore Ellie Stoffer (1), freshman Shanin Thomas (1) and Bowling (4).
Michigan put the first run on the board in the top of the first. MSU then took the lead in the bottom of the second with two runs off of a home run by Bowling to send O'Bryant across the plate for two runs.
After holding the Wolverines scoreless in the third inning, MSU put another run on the board. Hopkins singled to center field for McBride to cross the plate.
The fourth and fifth innings went scoreless and the Wolverines answered the runs by the Spartans with three runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Michigan State rebounded with four runs to take a 7-4 lead. Hopkins started the inning off swinging with a double down the leftfield line. O'Bryant was sent to first after being hit by a pitch. Next, Stoffer hit a single to left center for an RBI as Hopkins scored. Bowling notched two RBIs with a double to right center. Senior Jenny Ramsaier reached first off an error by Michigan's shortstop and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Destinee Luna. Pinch hitting for junior Dana Briggs was Thomas with a hit to right center to send Bowling home, putting the Spartans up, 7-4
In the top of the seventh, UM tied up the score with three runs. Michigan tied the score at seven with a two run home run and a solo home run. The Spartans were unable to score in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings. In the eighth inning, Michigan scored one run off of a single down the left field line, to finalize the score at 8-7.
Leading the offense was O'Bryant going 2-for-3, while Hopkins and Bowling both were 2-for-4.
Sara Driesenga (21-5) took the win as she held MSU to only one run during her three innings pitched.
Michigan State will continue its home game stretch at Secchia Stadium with a 5 p.m. game on Tuesday, April 16, against Notre Dame. MSU will face Toledo in a makeup game from earlier this season at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17.